NCUF video captures 'transformational' DE experience

November 4, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (11/5/14)--Interested in the Credit Union Development Education (DE) program, but not sure what it is? The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is here to help, as it released a video this week that illustrates the scope of the training.

The short video pulls together attendee testimonials, insights from staff and onsite footage of training activities to help paint a comprehensive picture of what the program entails, and what it means to those who enroll.

"Our participants dig deep into what credit unions are, learn about cooperative principles, delve into international development issues and really spend time thinking about how we as professionals can go back and do a better job of serving members and credit unions," Lois Kitsch, national program manager for the NCUF, says in the video.

During the weeklong program, attendees participate in group exercises, field trips, discussions with speakers from throughout the credit union system, and must complete team projects that propose solutions to challenges facing the credit union industry today.

Graduates of the program then earn certification as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs).

"I have 35 years in this industry and you always learn new things (at DE), and it really rejuvenates your credit union spirit and philosophy," said Laida Garcia, NCUF chair and president/CEO of floridacentral CU, Tampa, with $399 million in assets.

Registration for the first two DE training programs of 2015 is open. The first is scheduled for Jan. 14-21 at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center in Dallas, and the second is scheduled for April 29-May 6 in Madison, Wis.

"People come out of DE transformed," Kitsch said. "It's very hard to understand what's in the secret sauce that makes DE so special, so you'll have to come and see."